PEER. Jeppe's right there, certainly. That was a little foolish. It is just as if I were to talk Greek to the bailiff, to show him that I understood the language.
JEPPE. Do you know Greek, Peer?
PEER. Why, twenty years ago I could repeat the whole Litany in Greek, standing on one foot. I still remember that the last word was "Amen." JEPPE. Oh, Peer, it will be splendid, when my son comes back, to get you two together!
JACOB. Oh, he looks mighty learned. Rasmus Nielsen, who drove him, swears that he did nothing all the way but dispute with himself in Greek and Elamite; and sometimes with so much zeal that he struck Rasmus Nielsen in the back of the neck three or four times, with his clenched fist, shouting all the while, "Probe the Major! Probe the Major!" I suppose he must have had a dispute with a major before he started out. Part of the way he sat still and stared at the moon and the stars with such a rapt expression that he fell off the wagon three times and nearly broke his neck from sheer learning. Rasmus Nielsen laughed at that, and said to himself, "Rasmus Berg may be a wise man in the heavens, but he is a fool on earth."
>>7561764 (He strikes a match, lights his pipe, and puts the bowl of his pipe through a hole he has made in his hat.) That's what they call smoking studentikos—it's a pretty good invention for any one who wants to write and smoke at the same time. (Sits down and begins to read.)
>What's the most patrician way to read? >What cigarettes are most literary? >You plebs don't even write and drink etc., threads like these remind me of this. I wonder if this guy is going to pull the >translations meme on deacon any time now.
Finished reading this, I suppose the lieutenant was the only person with any sort of reason within the entirety of the play; either you had learned men who were as foolish as you can get or uneducated peasants who were the same. I guess it show that learning doesn't make one more intelligent by iitself. People who make threads about as to whether they should read the entire Western canon to understand probably fit in this canon.
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